Top Gun Maverick Defies Hollywood Trends With Best Picture Oscar Nomination

Top Gun Maverick Defies Hollywood Trends With Best Picture Oscar Nomination

( – The Oscars are the most famous awards in the entertainment industry, but for a few years now, they’ve been swerving off into extreme wokeness. There’s a gap between what Hollywood thinks and what audiences want, and it’s growing fast. Are there signs of hope, though? Maybe — because on Tuesday, for once, the Oscar panel and the public were on the same page.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its annual awards — the famous Oscars — on March 12. Ahead of that ceremony, on January 24, the nominations for each award were confirmed. As expected, the woke comedy “Everything Everywhere All at Once” picked up 11 nominations. The anti-war movie “All Quiet on the Western Front” got nine, as did the dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin.” However, the environmental-themed adventure film “Avatar: The Way of Water” only received four nominations, far below the nine its 2009 predecessor received.

Tuesday’s biggest surprise was “Top Gun: Maverick.” The original 1986 “Top Gun” had four nominations, whereas the sequel has been honored with six, one being the coveted Best Picture award. “Top Gun: Maverick” is notably different from the typical modern Hollywood movie. It doesn’t try to push woke messages, “alternative” lifestyles, or anti-American propaganda. Instead, it’s a shamelessly patriotic film, made with extensive cooperation from the US Navy. The sequel shows heroic Naval pilots going up against an enemy that’s never identified (but is clearly Iran).

Hollywood might love woke themes, but the performance of “Top Gun: Maverick” shows audiences want real entertainment. The action-packed aerial adventure has made almost $1.5 billion at the box office so far, and it’s being credited with finally lifting movie theaters out of their post-pandemic depression.

Of course, this is just the nominations, and the Academy could go a different direction when it comes to the actual awards. Still, it looks like Cruise has a good chance of finally winning an Oscar for his role as Maverick’s producer — and, considering most critics loved the movie as much as audiences did, the Oscars ceremony might just see it get the recognition it deserves.

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